Summer Reading: It’s All About Priorities

Summer Reading: It’s All About Priorities

This week’s theme is summer reading and choice reading. If you had asked Teenage Me about summer reading and choice, she would have laughed and said, “Aren’t they pretty much the same thing? Shouldn’t I get to choose what I read over the summer?” I was a teacher-pleaser and I would read anything that was … Continue reading

Thinking About Summer Reading

  Over the last couple of summers, I have spent a great deal of time agonizing over summer reading assignments. Our district requires them for honors students – and since I teach two grades of honors, I need to craft two separate assignments. Since Teenage Me always¬†viewed summer as a time of freedom – the … Continue reading

Celebrate: Time With My Guys

Celebrate: Time With My Guys

Summer, I have realized, is hardly a less hectic time of year than when school is in session. The dress code is a little more relaxed, but it is a busy time of year. Appointments, extra chores, planning, conferences, vacations, summer camp, online projects, visiting with friends, all the big cleaning projects you say you’ll … Continue reading

A New Motivation to Write

After a long hiatus from writing here, I have been thinking about how I might want to return. With a book review? With some of the summer planning I’m doing for next fall? Finally getting to writing a reflection on my learning at All Write a couple of weeks ago? A post with my son? … Continue reading


In an effort to celebrate Franki Sibberson’s birthday, her friends (and I feel so blessed to be counted among them) have decided to send her thanks for all of the things we’ve done and experienced because of her spirit and encouragement. I didn’t have to think too hard about what I’d write about Franki. I … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time…

I looked at my calendar yesterday, as I usually do on Sundays, to see what the week would have in store for me. Who is on Nerdy. What are in my plans. What meetings or practices or events do I need to be at or shuttle Jr. Librarian to. I looked at the schedule for … Continue reading

Lessons Learned

So I had the best of intentions of writing some kind of narrative of every day in March. Only to blow it on Day One. I wrote on my blog yesterday morning but it wasn’t really a narrative so I didn’t post the link on the Two Writing Teachers blog. I was pretty sure that … Continue reading

The Joy of New Beginnings

I am a huge fan of beginnings. Beginnings speak the language of hope and possibilities for me. A fresh clean page in a notebook could become anything I want it to be – from a mundane to-do list to the first page of a novel to a love letter. Beginnings make me think of puppies … Continue reading

Dream Writing Spaces

Ever since I read Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” I have dreamed about having some kind of dedicated writing space. In some daydreams it’s fancy with floor-to-ceiling shelves. In others, it’s just a space that is away from everything else. Some days I just think in practical terms – that it needs to … Continue reading

A Quick Joy Update

These last couple of weeks have been an adventure. Tons of winter weather, missed days of school – and a power surge that wiped out our internet for a few days. This past week though, I felt like we finally were able to get back to some semblance of a routine. Though we had off … Continue reading